Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thirukkural – 1255

Dignity to not pine for one who caused them grief,
is not something a love-sick person knows.

செற்றார்பின் செல்லாப் பெருந்தகைமை, காம நோய்
உற்றார் அறிவது ஒன்று அன்று.

He has been away for long. Her friend advises her to forget him,as he has deserted her. She replies, “I should have the dignity and self-respect to not pine for one who has caused me grief. True. But that dignity is something a  love-sick person doesn’t know. Love tramples all propriety and overwhelms me.”

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